Morning Digest: August 18th

Winners and Losers: Week of August 11th

U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics compiled during the first year of the mayor’s administration show that Jersey City outpaced both the nation and state in reducing the unemployment rate, with a decline that doubles the national average. At 7.8 percent, Jersey City also has the lowest unemployment rate of any large city in New Jersey. (Politicker Staff)



Can Chris Christie’s gubernatorial stumping streak backfire on his plans for 2016?

Gov. Chris Christie took a break from his travels this week — he was in Maine on Tuesday and Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday — to tell New Jerseyans that he’s still “thinking” about a 2016 presidential run. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



The Northern Renaissance? Jones throws in with other counties in his region

That loosely affiliated North Jersey Democratic Party organizational alliance of Hudson, Bergen and Passaic just grew by another county: Essex. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Christie: 2016 presidential run decision “can’t be based on politics” of outcomes of national governors’ races

ASBURY PARK – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) chairman, said on Friday that when it comes to his personal calculus about his possible 2016 GOP presidential run, the outcomes the of 2014 gubernatorial races around the nation don’t add up. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Christie says fundraising for NJ Republicans being done ‘more quietly’

In stark contrast to his well-publicized trips raising money for candidates outside the state, Governor Christie is quietly fundraising for Republicans at home. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)



Texas Gov. Perry says indictment is abuse of power

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight the indictment against him, calling it an “outrageous” abuse of power. (Weber)



State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, nurses’ union blast Bergen County exec’s choice for acting county administrator

Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan’s appointment this week of Jerrold Binney as acting county administrator came under fire Friday from the head of a nurses’ union and a Democratic state senator who objected to his role in privatizing Bergen Regional Medical Center during the 1990s. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)



Rick Perry’s ill-timed bombshell: Why Chris Christie’s having a good laugh

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been trying to leapfrog New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for some time—but not like this. Instead of jumping past Christie in the 2016 GOP presidential race, Perry jumped past Christie in the criminal indictment sweepstakes, scoring on two counts—abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, carrying a penalty of 5 to 99 years in jail, and coercion of a public official, a third-degree felony, carrying a penalty of 2 to 10 years in jail. Both carry fines up to $10,000. (Rosenberg/Salon)


Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted on two felony counts

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century. (Weissert)



Watch Gov. Christie bust a move with Jamie Foxx

Gyrating governor Chris Christie wowed a power crowd with his energetic dance with Jamie Foxx at the starry Apollo in the Hamptons benefit Saturday night. (Smith/The New York Post)



Chris Christie faces mounting suits over public records

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took into office promising “a new era of accountability and transparency.” Yet after he won a second term last year and as he explores a run for president, his administration stands accused of routinely stonewalling even the most basic requests for public records. (Colvin)



Legal bills mount over bridge lane closures

The lawyers who produced a report clearing Gov. Christie of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge lane closures have billed the state $6.5 million through April, according to documents released by the state late Friday afternoon. (Hanna/The Philadelphia Inquirer)



How Mary Pat’s Sandy relief fund has spent nearly $33.8M in donations

As the two-year mark to Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on the East Coast approaches, the charity launched by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie in the days after the storm is gearing up to hand out its remaining money. (O’Neill/The Star-Ledger)






Stile: Hands-off approach on immigration helps Christie

Governor Christie complained last month that he had no way of stopping federal authorities from placing unaccompanied immigrant children in New Jersey. (Stile/The Bergen Record)



Kelly: 10 years later, a more authentic McGreevey

JIM McGREEVEY walks into a second-floor room of a Jersey City office building. It is an ordinary weekday morning and five men and women – all of them former prison inmates – look up from computer terminals where they are filling out résumés as part of a job-training program that McGreevey runs. (Kelly/The Bergen Record)



Kelly: Hackensack strategist is key to Bergen Democrats’ hopes

Bergen’s Democratic Party threw a shindig for itself one evening this month. But the gathering was hardly a low-key affair befitting a political organization that has been struggling mightily in recent years to change its image and boost its campaign treasury. (Kelly/The Bergen Record) Morning Digest: August 18th